ERIC Number: ED452177
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
An Examination of Teacher Salary and Student Performance.
Miller, Eileen T.
This study examines whether changes in teacher compensation, specifically increases in salary, could improve student performance. Studies show that performance based award systems for teachers can increase their motivation to improve instruction. Data were collected from nine randomly chosen states. Each state's average teacher salary was compared to that state's per capita income. Ratios were constructed with the information and correlated to students' average performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress mathematics assessment in grades 4 and 8, by state, for the years 1995-97. Though the resulting correlations did not show statistical significance, the general trend was a negative relationship. This implies that the better the teachers' salaries relative to other salaries in the area, the worse the students' performance. This could be due to the theory that teacher salary depends on the local teacher market and the concept of supply and demand. (Contains 14 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (29th, Bowling Green, KY, November 15-17, 2000).